Meet the new Gmail, now with disappearing messages


Gmail is now making it easier for users to interact with emails and their contents. Here's what you need to know.

But now-as teased earlier this month-Google is rolling out a significant Gmail upgrade.

Termed as one of the biggest updates of Gmail, Google has been involving in redesigning Gmail for adding and modifying new features to make apt for business people and professionals for more office productivity and security.

This seems like it would be an ineffective (and annoying) feature if it notified you about every email that you hadn't responded to in a few days. Users also have the option to stop recipients from forwarding, copying, downloading or even printing out a message you've sent them. Google has never given Tasks the proper attention it deserves, and baking it into products like Gmail, Calendar, and the Assistant certainly didn't help. The company is bringing a popular feature from secure chatting apps to Gmail: disappearing messages. And if you're keen on trying it out, you can do so right now. And if you're really paranoid, you can even insist on having the recipient complete a two-factor authentication prompt before they are allowed to view. However, this too will be phased so if you don't find it immediately do not panic. The redesign will also see Gmail more integrated with other G Suite apps - like Calendar, Google Keep and later on, Docs and Sheets. As usual, you'll be able to switch back and forth at first. An expiry time and date can be set on "confidential" emails, after which point the recipients will no longer be able to access the original message.

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If you've followed along with the leaks in recent weeks, none of the new features will surprise you. There's no way to get to it when you're actually reading an email.

A new "offline mode" lets you prepare messages to be sent while you're not connected to the internet, and it will send them once you get back online. You can also look into the attachments without opening up the email. The new Gmail comes with a slew of new features. Also, Tasks gets a mobile app for iOS and Android.

For those times when you are busy and forgot to reply to something important, Gmail will now "nudge" you with reminders to follow-up and respond to messages that appear next to the emails in your inbox. Maybe people who are already on top of their emails won't need this, but for those with a lot of volume or simply a tendency to be forgetful, Nudges could be a great help. The new web form of Gmail has been meant to look significantly more like the mobile app adaptations, as Google hopes to embrace a predictable outline language crosswise over stages.

Product manager lead for Gmail, Jacob Bank, described the changes as "an entire rewrite of our flagship, most-used product". Google will also pop up new elements called unsubscribe cards recommending you unsubscribe from senders or mailing lists that frequently end up unopened or deleted.